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26 April 2023 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie The government needs to take the issues facing rural Ireland seriously and provide sufficient and sustainable funding to help farmers overcome the climate crisis, according to Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns. Deputy Cairns was commenting after meeting members of Macra na Feirme, who gathered at the Dáil to... Read More
10 March 2023 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie ‘EmployAbility’ provides assistance to people with disabilities in accessing employment Some directors and staff of ‘EmployAbility’ companies across the country are concerned about the upcoming tender and how potential changes will affect the people they help in gaining employment. EmployAbility West Cork (EWC), is a service that provides... Read More
19 January 2023 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Confirmation that Road Safety Authority (RSA) is engaged in legal process to impose penalties relating to NCT contract is welcome – but must be fully pursued The Government must urgently address ongoing delays being experienced by motorists trying to access National Car Testing (NCT) centres and apply appropriate... Read More
12 January 2023 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Model of Care was supposed to deliver 16 specialist eating disorder teams – but just three are operating The slow delivery of specialist eating disorder teams across the country is potentially putting lives at risk, according to Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns. “Of the 16 community-based teams promised... Read More
10 January 2023 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie Education & Politics The Government’s programme to divest schools from Catholic church patronage is proceeding too slowly and is simply not working, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s Education spokesperson, said: “According to reports today, unpublished Department of Education data shows... Read More
5 January 2023 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie The Government’s failure to adequately plan for a winter surge in hospital admissions has resulted in the current crisis in our emergency departments, according to Social Democrats co-leader and Health spokesperson Róisín Shortall. “We have known for some months that there would be an upsurge in Covid, flu... Read More
20 October 2022 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie The Social Democrats will have a free to all, public event this Saturday, October 22nd, in Cork City’s Metropole Hotel on MacCurtain Street. Starting at 11am, local TD Holly Cairns (Cork South West) along with Catherine Murphy TD & Róisín Shortall TD will be present at a public... Read More
24 September 2022 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie People with disabilities could receive up to €50 a week extra under pre-budget proposals put forward by the Social Democrats. Holly Cairns TD, the party’s spokesperson on Disability, said: “Despite improvements in funding in recent years, the experience of many disabled people in Ireland continues to be one... Read More